Steampunk Books

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and some of the things are rather steampunk. Some of these books are the beginning of a series.

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Cover of Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)

Boneshaker

Author: Cherie Priest

Summary: In the early days of the Civil War, there are rumors of gold in the Klondike. The Russians hire Leviticus Blue to build the Boneshaker, a machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. But the Boneshaker failed on the first run. It destroyed much of Downtown Seattle and raised the blight gas that caused anything that breathed it in to become the living dead. It’s sixteen years later, and Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes, lives right outside of the Blight-filled, walled in city of Seattle. Her life is hard with a bad reputation and a sixteen-year-old son, Zeke, but they manage. Until Zeke decides to go into the city of Seattle. Their he meats air pirates, criminals, and the undead. And the only person who can save him is Briar.

Sequels: This book is part of the Clockwork Century series. The next books in the series, in order, are Clementine, Dreadnought, Ganymede, and The Inexplicables.

Notes: I’m in the middle of reading thin book, so i’m not sure how good this book is. I’m only on page 80.

Leviathan

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Cover of Leviathan

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Summary: It’s 1914, World War I, and the Clankers, a group with builing machines with metal, are against the Darwinists, people who follow Charles Darwin in fabricating animals. Deryn is a girl pretending to be a boy, Dylan, so she is able to become an airshipman. Due to a problem with a flight test, she finds herself upon the Leviathan, a fabricated war beast built to fly. Aleksander, an Austro-Hungarian prince, is on the run with a faithful crew on a  Clanker-made walker machine. He meets Deryn during the crash of the Leviathan. Alek and his crew have to fix the Leviathan, or the War might be over, with the Clankers winning.

Sequels: Behemoth (2nd book), Goliath (3rd book)

Notes: This series is aimed more for children

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells

Summary:

The book’s protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond, Surrey, identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller. The narrator recounts the Traveller’s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth Dimension, and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it. He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person, and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale, becoming the new narrator. In the new narrative, the Time Traveller tests his device with a journey that takes him to 802,701 A.D., where he meets the Eloi, a society of small, elegant, childlike adults. They live in small communities within large and futuristic yet slowly deteriorating buildings, doing no work and having a fruity diet. His efforts to communicate with them are hampered by their lack of curiosity or discipline, and he speculates that they are a peaceful communist society, the result of humanity conquering nature with technology, and subsequently evolving to adapt to an environment in which strength and intellect are no longer advantageous to survival.*

Sequels: H. G. Wells didn’t write any sequels to this story, but he does have a bunch of other short stories.

Notes: I started reading this but then put it down. I sort of got bored, but I am going to finish reading this over the summer. I know it’s a good story.

*I got this summary from Wikipedia. It isn’t my summary.

Steampunk Clothing

Some people I know think that you need a bunch of money to buy fancy steampunk clothes and fancy steampunk stores.

You don’t.

I have a ton of normal clothes that, when paired together, create amazing steampunk things. A bunch of stuff I have listed below are things that can be steampunk.

Tops

  • Plain colored shirts can go with anything. Neutral colors work best
  • Something frilly paired with a leather or military jacket
  • An oversized t-shirt layered with a corset (I know corsets aren’t considered normal, but they’re still really cool)
  • Military, leather, biker, trench coats

Pants

  • Olive green pants or cargo pants
  • A plain pair of jeans with Sharpie to create a steampunk pattern

Skirts

  • A plain black or neutral colored shirt
  • Lacy or frilly skirts
  • Most skirts from Hot Topic (if paired with the right shirt)
  • Skirts with studs, zippers, buttons, or lace-up ribbon

Jewelry

  • Key necklaces
  • Leather chokers
  • Gold/brass watches (with hands)
  • Necklaces with mini clock charms
  • Certain jewelry from Claire’s

Shoes

  • Black or brown flats
  • Leather boots
  • Combat boots
  • Certain pairs of Converse
  • Leather sandals

These are just a few of the things that are wearable. Keep in mind that you can always Sharpie a shirt to give it a pattern you like. You can also burn and rip the edges of things, and sew on your own decals.

Daleks

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I’m a bit of a Doctor Who fan, a Whovian, if you will, and I think that the daleks are very steampunk. But then that got me thinking, steampunk was a science-fiction genre created in the 1980s. The Daleks first appeared in th 1960s, about 20 years before steampunk! Does that mean that the person who came up with the idea of daleks, Terry Nation, created steampunk, or did someone else come up with the idea? I also understand that the 9th and 10th Doctor’s TARDIS control rooms also had a bit of a steampunk flare. Such a sci-fi/steampunk show.